Our 8th move

IMG_2951This week we’re moving into our 8th home together since getting married almost 13 years ago. The continuous amount of kids we kept having while leaving in Cali is responsible for 3 of those moves. But this one has me the most bitter because we only have 8 months left here on recruiting duty. Annoying! We rent our current house and the owners want to sell, we begged and pleaded to them to let us stay the remaining time that we’re here but they are just ready to get rid of the house. So after a couple stressful weeks of searching for another rental within the same school zones for our kids we found a house and will be moving this week!

The worst thing about this move is that we don’t rate a TMO move so we have to move ourselves. Whomp whomp. I hate hate hate packing! Just like I’m sure the large majority of people do as well, but man it’s such a pain. Whenever we PCS to a new base the Marines will either pay for a  company to move our stuff (TMO move) or you can do a DITY move and get reimbursed for moving yourself. We ALWAYS pick TMO when we have the chance lol. It’s pretty much the best thing ever. Hopefully everything works out with our next move and we won’t be packing ourselves up again lol.

But as much as it sucks to pack, honestly I love moving! Even just moving .4 miles away I’m pretty pumped to get to decorate a new house and it’s sort of made this last year on recruiting duty move along even faster. I can’t believe it’s already May and we should be moving somewhere new in January! We should be finding out where we PCS to sometime this summer hopefully. Fingers crossed we get to live in our next house more than 2 1/2 years which is our current longest streak!

5 Kid Friendly Hikes in Big Bend

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Hiking with kids can be challenging! Going into our Big Bend trip I knew there were some awesome longer hikes that we’d love to do but they just weren’t a reality for our 11, 9 and 6 year old children. Whenever we plan a trip I like to head to pinterest/the internet and find different areas that we’d like to see and visit but when searching “Big Bend” and “children” I didn’t find much! So here is a quick post of the 5 best hikes that I’d recommend when visiting with children!

Rio Grande Village Nature Trail – .75 mile loop

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This was one of my favorite sunset views! This is an easy hike with a bit of climbing upwards but on an easy path and the views are well worth it!

Hot Springs Historic Trail – 1 mile round trip

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Bring a swimsuit and take this easy flat walk to the hot springs! The kids loved it and enjoyed swimming in the river. We went here twice during our trip and highly recommend it!

Santa Elena Canyon Trail – 1.7 miles round trip

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Come here and expect to get a little wet! The kids loved skipping rocks and playing in the water. We then hiked along the edge of the canyon. It’s a bit of a climb up but nothing too tiring. You don’t have to do the whole thing even, you can hike up and walk along the trail a bit and still get a great view!

Grapevine Hills Trail – 2.2 miles round trip

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This is the trail you take to see the balanced rock! This trail is 3/4 easy and then the last 1/4 is hiking/climbing UP. My 6 year old needed Daddy’s help a good bit while climbing the rocks so I would imagine this one would have been tough had we come years ago when the kids were smaller. The end is well worth it!! But walking this trail with the kids definitely felt MUCH longer than 2.2 miles lol. But it’s one of the shorter long trails, so if you only pick one long hike I recommend this one!

Fossil Discovery Exhibit

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And last but not least go visit the Fossil Discovery Exhibit!! This isn’t a hike, though you can walk around a bit around the building, but this is definitely worth visiting if you have children with you. You’ll learn about what Big Bend used to look like years and years ago and see some pretty cool dinosaur bones!

(And one more thing I think you should do while in Big Bend!)

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If you’re able, definitely plan a river trip! This was the highlight of the trip for all of us and definitely something I’d recommend you do if you can 🙂 There are a few different places that offer river tours, we used Far Flung and highly recommend them!

We loved our trip to Big Bend! Taking the kids to beautiful places and letting them explore is one of my favorite things to do. One of the best parts about my husband being a Marine is that we get to move all over the country and explore places we probably never would have seen otherwise. Can’t wait to take the kids somewhere again!

It’s that time of year! – Thanks VetTix.org

BASEBALL SEASON!!

I absolutely LOVE going to baseball games! I don’t even really like watching games on TV haha but something about going to the stadium and cheering on your team I just love! Thanks to VetTixs my husband scored free tickets to the Rangers game yesterday. If you haven’t heard of VetTixs and you’re an active duty military member or Veteran definitely check them out. We have scored tickets to local hockey, baseball and basketball games! It’s an amazing corporation.

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It was perfect weather and the Rangers won with two runs, the kids were pumped! The 2 year old was a bit wild but that’s what we get for taking him to a game during nap time lol. Thankfully it was $1 ice cream day so we just loaded him up on snacks to keep him busy 😉

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How do you do it?! – Marine Corps Wife

Whenever people (non military people haha) find out my husband is in the military one of the first things they ask is – how do you do it?! How to do manage when he’s gone on deployments? How to you move every few years? The list goes on and on.

I really never know what to say other than – you just do it. There’s really no other option lol. I love my husband with everything in me and this is the life we’ve chosen. Did we plan on him being deployed 5 weeks after our oldest was born, no. Did we plan on him being deployed 4 months after returning home and missing the birth of our second child, no. Or did we plan on the Marine Corp giving us orders to Syracuse, NY for 11 months. Or buying a house and then 4 months later getting recruiting duty orders! That one I got to sell our house by myself with 4 little ones at home, Cal being just 3 months old, and was seriously was on the most stressful times on my life. We’ve had our share of oh sh!t moments when I was worried how we could manage. But you just get through it the best you can and survive. Again, there’s really no other option. You learn to be flexible and not make permanent plans. You learn to buy furniture that will fit in more than just your current base house. You learn to go with the flow and to be happy when the monitor gives you two choices when it’s time for orders rather than none! (Like the time we requested – Cali, NC or SC and they said how about Quantico, VA or Japan lol!) One thing I love about being a Marine Corps wife is that we’ve really learned to cherish and enjoy the times that we’re together. And in truth, I know there are plenty of real world spouses who go through their own share of issues and they handle them like a champ as well!! But there’s definitely something about being a military wife that you can only understand if you’ve been there. We’re 13 year into this gig and I am honestly so excited about seeing how the last half our time pans out. I love moving and exploring new places, meeting new people and I wouldn’t change it for the world.